New 1 day intensive portrait workshop October 20

Logan and Bear” 24×30, oil

1 Day Portrait Workshop

Date: October 20

Time: 8:30-4:30

Place: Pontotoc, MS (Dot Courson Studio)

Cost: $150

Limited to 5 students for intense personalized instruction

Coming off the heels from studying with master portrait artist Michael Shane Neal, Susan will instruct an intense workshop for a small group of five students. Students should expect personalized instruction and individualized help painting portraits from photo.

To register:

Upcoming Event

I look forward to displaying plein air paintings of local scenes and painting with my Plein Air group as part of this event in my hometown of BRUCE, MS.



Join us on October 13 in Bruce, MS, to paint plein air during the Skuna River Art festival.

Bring a couple Pleinair paintings from Mississippi (Oxford, BRUCE, etc) to display and sell in our tent on the square if you wish (commission free except tax.)

If you plan to join us, email Susan Patton:

Susan Patton Art Retreat Workshops November 2018

*These workshops have a few openings each as of July 18.

Cost is $325 per workshop. Price includes onsite lodging in private rooms, workshop, and several meals.

Artists can sign up or one workshop or take both workshops for a week long retreat of learning and fun!

The first is on Monday-Wednesday, November 5-7, 2018. The topic is “Composition, Perspective, and Strong Design.”  This workshop is for artists who want to take their paintings to a new, professional level with great design and correct drawing skills. A lack of knowledge in these areas often is the reason a painting does not hold together and therefore does not sell or win in contests. Those who excel in these areas are more likely to excel in the profession of art. I encourage students to attack these important topics head on and master them.

The second workshop, held on Thursday- Saturday, November 8-10, 2018, is “Understanding and Using Color.” Topics covered will include what colors I use on my palette and why, when to consider transparency vs. opaque paint, the importance of knowing how to manage warm vs cool colors, how to choose colors for a limited palette, and mixing color for various uses including mixing flesh tones and nature’s “greens.”  I will give students exercises based on these topics, and students will work from photo references they bring to apply what they have learned.

To sign up, email

and mail me the deposit (50%.)

“Provision” based on Matthew 6:25-34 24×30 Painted in PleinAir

Matthew 6:25-34 25″Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28″And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Demo at “Paint the Town” – Adamsville, TN May 26,2018

Thank you to Jimmy Sites for the photos

Adamsville, TN- I’ll never look at it the same. The short time I spent here as a judge and guest artist for a demo was refreshing. The people were genuine and so talented- in music and in art. The smiles were contagious and the atmosphere so relaxed and welcoming.

Thank you to Lisa Engle for asking me to be the judge of the quick draw paint the town event.